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Howard, Red Wings shut out Blues 3-0

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore (22) and St. Louis Blues right wing B.J. Crombeen (26) fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) By Rick Osentoski Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore (22) and St. Louis Blues right wing B.J. Crombeen (26) fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) By Rick Osentoski
Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) and Drew Miller (20) celebrate Abdelkader's goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) By Rick Osentoski Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) and Drew Miller (20) celebrate Abdelkader's goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) By Rick Osentoski
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore (22) and St. Louis Blues right wing B.J. Crombeen (26) fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) By Rick Osentoski Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore (22) and St. Louis Blues right wing B.J. Crombeen (26) fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) By Rick Osentoski

DETROIT (AP) -- Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for his ninth career shutout and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Saturday night.

Johan Franzen, Justin Abdelkader, Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which won its 12th consecutive home game, two short of the team record. It was the Red Wings' second win over the Blues at Joe Louis Arena in five days.

One of Howard's best saves came with 7:44 left in the first period when he denied Matt D'Agostini from in front and to Howard's left with a glove save right on the goal line just inside the post. Howard, who has four shutouts this season, also made a blocker save on a deflection by Jason Arnott with a little under nine minutes left.

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